HPS Lecture Co-Sponsored with NDIAS - Peter Harrison


Religious Origins of Modern Science?

It is often thought that modern science developed largely independently of, or even in opposition to, religion.  Some historians, however, have suggested that religious factors played an important role in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century, and in giving science a central place in Western culture.  This lecture explores a number of ways in which religion might have had a positive impact on the emergence of modern science and in the establishment of its social and intellectual legitimacy.